Disco Diva Loleatta Holloway Has Died

A press photo of Loleatta Holloway from the 1970s. i i

A press photo of Loleatta Holloway from the 1970s. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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A press photo of Loleatta Holloway from the 1970s.

A press photo of Loleatta Holloway from the 1970s.

Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Loleatta Holloway, who began singing in gospel groups with her mother and became a familiar voice within the disco world of the 1970s, died Monday at the age of 64. Her song "Love Sensation" was a hit three times over: First on its own in 1980, then as a sample in the 1989 song "Ride On Time" by Black Box and again in 1991 when Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch based their number one hit "Good Vibrations" on a sample from the song.

"Ride On Time" exposed her to a younger audience, but it was the source of controversy, as the sample was used without crediting Holloway or "Love Sensation"'s songwriter. The pair sued Black Box for royalties. Holloway was credited as a featured performer on "Good Vibrations."

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